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  • Longbourn
  • Jo Baker
  • English
  • 15 November 2020
  • 9780385351232

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characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Jo Baker review Longbourn Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Jo Baker ☆ 3 download E laundry polishing the floors and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household But there is just as much romance heartbreak and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs When a mysterious new footman arrives the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely perhaps irrevocably upended Jo Baker dares to ta. Reposted from my review at AustenBlogThe publication of Jo Baker s new novel Longbourn generated the same sort of excitement as the arrival of a single gentleman of good fortune It has been described as being a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey When we heard this premise we were all admiration What a brilliant idea Two of the most wildly popular and well known popular culture properties now together It might be the greatest idea since some genius combined chocolate and peanut butter The Commercial Publishing Industrial Complex has predictably lost its mind over it frankly we are astonished that its publication did not rip open the fabric of the universe creating a giant black hole that sucked us all into itWhile this soundbyte selling point makes it simple for publishers and booksellers we think it has done the authoress a disservice We think Ms Baker was shooting for something less mercenary and ambitious the Wide Sargasso Sea of the Jane Austen oeuvre by which we mean a paraliterature title that strives for literary achievement as well as or perhaps even than popularity We have long wondered why no one has written such a novel Sadly Longbourn did not work for us either as ambitious literary fiction or as a PPDownton mashup There is nothing of the elegance of Downton Abbey and a Pride and Prejudice that we do not recognizeThe story takes place almost entirely belowstairs at Longbourn domain of the long suffering Mrs Hill the butler Mr Hill the two maidservants Sarah and Polly and the footman James The foreground story is their melodramas and heartbreak and there is a lot of both while the familiar story of Pride and Prejudice unfolds in the background like a dimly heard radio play Sarah is pretty much the main character She is fascinated with one of Bingley s manservants a freed slave who impresses her with his sophistication and tells her stories of London Sarah finds James annoying and she is convinced he is a Bad Man who will cause trouble and wait a minute haven t we read this story beforeThe link to Pride and Prejudice seems tenuous to us other than perhaps the romantic triangle The Bennets could afford than two maidservants and it s silly to say otherwise The Bateses in Emma could afford to employ a maidservant surely the Bennets could employ than two If Ms Baker truly wanted to tell the story of the servants of Pride and Prejudice and link it to the wildly popular Downton Abbey it would have been better to give the Bennets a fuller complement of servants If she wanted to write about overworked servants in Austen s time don t give them to the Bennets Why not the Lucases for instance They are certainly involved in the main story or perhaps another neighbor If the idea really was that marketable mashup it would have eual commercial potential marketed as a servant s story in Jane Austen s time set in the world of her novelsWe are probably not the audience for this being on record as unappreciative of Gritty Realism We acknowledge that it existed in that time and we acknowledge that it is present in Austen s novels if one looks for it but Austen s pen famously did not dwell on guilt and misery and the darker aspects of her world are sketched in lightly shadowing the background upon which her characters are drawn Ms Baker seems to be determined to inform the reader that life in that time at least for the servant class was dark dingy dangerous unpleasant painful and there is nothing wrong with that but if some information is enlightening then too much becomes a blunt object concussing the reader One is sometimes truly stunned by the imagery for instance militia officers converge on the Phillips house like lice on a beggar s head We struggled through this book constantly pulled out of it by this determination to dunk Austen s work in a literary mud puddle It seems to us a subversion of Pride and Prejudice not a celebration of it No doubt that is purposeful but it does not interest us and marketing it to Austen fans seems disingenuous There seems to be a determination to make us think ill of Austen s characters for committing the sin of making work for the servants If the somewhat sanitized version of GeorgianRegency England portrayed in many Austen film adaptations is overly romantic wallowing in filth poverty and misery has a romance of its own that is eually dangerousWe still like the idea of a PPDownton mashup but we would have preferred something different a properly big cast of servants and a jolly rollicking tale of belowstairs hijinks There would be work hard work sometimes dirty work and all the sualid details of bodily fluids could have been worked in if absolutely necessary but importantly it would have been fun and the companion piece that Austen s light bright and sparkling masterpiece deserved Longbourn is ambitious and beautifully written we wish we could like it but we cannot Hottest Mess romance heartbreak and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs When a mysterious new footman arrives the orderly Hottest Mess realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely perhaps irrevocably upended Jo Baker dares to ta. Reposted from my Hitler review at AustenBlogThe publication of Jo Baker s new novel Longbourn generated the same sort of excitement as the arrival of a single gentleman of good fortune It has been described as being a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey When we heard this premise we were all admiration What a brilliant idea Two of the most wildly popular and well known popular culture properties now together It might be the greatest idea since some genius combined chocolate and peanut butter The Commercial Publishing Industrial Complex has predictably lost its mind over it frankly we are astonished that its publication did not Hidden rip open the fabric of the universe creating a giant black hole that sucked us all into itWhile this soundbyte selling point makes it simple for publishers and booksellers we think it has done the authoress a disservice We think Ms Baker was shooting for something less mercenary and ambitious the Wide Sargasso Sea of the Jane Austen oeuvre by which we mean a paraliterature title that strives for literary achievement as well as or perhaps even than popularity We have long wondered why no one has written such a novel Sadly Longbourn did not work for us either as ambitious literary fiction or as a PPDownton mashup There is nothing of the elegance of Downton Abbey and a Pride and Prejudice that we do not Luther recognizeThe story takes place almost entirely belowstairs at Longbourn domain of the long suffering Mrs Hill the butler Mr Hill the two maidservants Sarah and Polly and the footman James The foreground story is their melodramas and heartbreak and there is a lot of both while the familiar story of Pride and Prejudice unfolds in the background like a dimly heard Im Augenblick des Todes Severin Boesherz #2 radio play Sarah is pretty much the main character She is fascinated with one of Bingley s manservants a freed slave who impresses her with his sophistication and tells her stories of London Sarah finds James annoying and she is convinced he is a Bad Man who will cause trouble and wait a minute haven t we Halbe Miete read this story beforeThe link to Pride and Prejudice seems tenuous to us other than perhaps the Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters romantic triangle The Bennets could afford than two maidservants and it s silly to say otherwise The Bateses in Emma could afford to employ a maidservant surely the Bennets could employ than two If Ms Baker truly wanted to tell the story of the servants of Pride and Prejudice and link it to the wildly popular Downton Abbey it would have been better to give the Bennets a fuller complement of servants If she wanted to write about overworked servants in Austen s time don t give them to the Bennets Why not the Lucases for instance They are certainly involved in the main story or perhaps another neighbor If the idea Gospođa really was that marketable mashup it would have eual commercial potential marketed as a servant s story in Jane Austen s time set in the world of her novelsWe are probably not the audience for this being on Napoleon The End of Glory record as unappreciative of Gritty Realism We acknowledge that it existed in that time and we acknowledge that it is present in Austen s novels if one looks for it but Austen s pen famously did not dwell on guilt and misery and the darker aspects of her world are sketched in lightly shadowing the background upon which her characters are drawn Ms Baker seems to be determined to inform the Lets Bake reader that life in that time at least for the servant class was dark dingy dangerous unpleasant painful and there is nothing wrong with that but if some information is enlightening then too much becomes a blunt object concussing the Holly Wenn die Mode fremdgeht Holly #4 reader One is sometimes truly stunned by the imagery for instance militia officers converge on the Phillips house like lice on a beggar s head We struggled through this book constantly pulled out of it by this determination to dunk Austen s work in a literary mud puddle It seems to us a subversion of Pride and Prejudice not a celebration of it No doubt that is purposeful but it does not interest us and marketing it to Austen fans seems disingenuous There seems to be a determination to make us think ill of Austen s characters for committing the sin of making work for the servants If the somewhat sanitized version of GeorgianRegency England portrayed in many Austen film adaptations is overly ZOOM The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future romantic wallowing in filth poverty and misery has a Heiligenschein romance of its own that is eually dangerousWe still like the idea of a PPDownton mashup but we would have preferred something different a properly big cast of servants and a jolly Flunkern wie gedruckt Juni und ich #1 rollicking tale of belowstairs hijinks There would be work hard work sometimes dirty work and all the sualid details of bodily fluids could have been worked in if absolutely necessary but importantly it would have been fun and the companion piece that Austen s light bright and sparkling masterpiece deserved Longbourn is ambitious and beautifully written we wish we could like it but we cannot

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characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Jo Baker review Longbourn Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Jo Baker ☆ 3 download • Pride and Prejudice was only half the story •  If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats Sarah often thought she’d most likely be a sight careful with them   In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice the servants take center stage Sarah the orphaned housemaid spends her days scrubbing th. Unfortunately I found this to be a stuffy contemporary literary novel in historical clothing with none of the brio of Austen s own style and little insight to contribute about the characters or story of Pride and PrejudiceThere s not much logic in how the plot of this book fits in with the above stairs developments of Pride and Prejudice The action of Longbourn doesn t consist of previously unseen repercussions of those familiar events nor does it posit any new motives or influences that provide alternate explanations for them At times it feels as though Baker s characters are waiting for something to happen in PP which only makes sense if you see the plot of PP as necessary or guaranteed which you can t because the characters in that book are freuently surprised by news choices and revelations of the past Wickham appears here as a scoundrel which we already knew and the author seems very pleased with her insight that Mr Collins and Mary would have made a good match something that I think every reader of PP perceives and a luscious bit of permanently unresolved dramatic irony on Austen s part Baker adds backstory for a few major characters that can t feel conseuential because it s entirely unmanifested in PP Unlike Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which you could superficially say interacts with Hamlet the same way this wants to with PP this book doesn t provide us with any cleverly interlocking alternate explanations new plot twists thematic extension or characterizationBaker tries too hard to convince us of her commitment to gritty historical realism her freuent mentions of chamberpots menstruation mud etc are cloying and to me seem to lack historical logic Would someone of that period spend so much time thinking about the dirtier aspects of existence or would they view them as given as background I d much rather read something that also acknowledges the beauty of historical times like for example the passage in Doomsday Book about the snowy medieval Christmas Notably Doomsday Book has plenty of gross scenes the point is that it has both whereas this book perhaps unconsciously betrays a modern viewpoint by dealing mostly in grime and unpleasantness Similarly there are moments where the protagonist Sarah acts in bold or independent ways that seem implausible for a character of her station in that period and unjustified by her personality They seem like things a modern young woman would do so they only work if you are putting yourself into the story in her shoesI ve complained a lot about this novel s relationship to PP Can it be considered successful as a freestanding novel Yes somewhat it s just that then it is a novel in a genre that I almost never enjoy Several reviewers have said that Baker writes like Austen which I don t think is remotely true Austen wrote a brisk dramacomedy of manners this is a ponderous romance Austen was matter of fact and sometimes pert this is self serious and tries to assign mystic import to even prosaic life events Austen reuires you to read between the lines of straightforward seeming dialogue and descriptions to discover a character s motives or mindset Baker writes paragraph long descriptions of roadside foliage that are a single sentence Austen dealt in interpersonal relationships and power imbalances Baker is keen on totemic objects like James s collection of seashellsThe plot didn t work for me on its own there were several key moments of this book where something was revealed with great pomp and circumstance that I d figured out long before and I honestly couldn t figure out whether Baker meant the scenes as actual plot twists or satisfying resolutions of what the reader had begun to suspect I found Sarah likable but there was something so soft focus and arbitrary about her relationship with James that I didn t care much about themObviously I considered this novel thought provoking enough to finish but I didn t find it a success Read it if you like current woman oriented literary fiction skip it if you like Austen s wit Review copy received from Edelweiss Gospođa repercussions of those familiar events nor does it posit any new motives or influences that provide alternate explanations for them At times it feels as though Baker s characters are waiting for something to happen in PP which only makes sense if you see the plot of PP as necessary or guaranteed which you can t because the characters in that book are freuently surprised by news choices and Napoleon The End of Glory revelations of the past Wickham appears here as a scoundrel which we already knew and the author seems very pleased with her insight that Mr Collins and Mary would have made a good match something that I think every Lets Bake reader of PP perceives and a luscious bit of permanently unresolved dramatic irony on Austen s part Baker adds backstory for a few major characters that can t feel conseuential because it s entirely unmanifested in PP Unlike Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which you could superficially say interacts with Hamlet the same way this wants to with PP this book doesn t provide us with any cleverly interlocking alternate explanations new plot twists thematic extension or characterizationBaker tries too hard to convince us of her commitment to gritty historical Holly Wenn die Mode fremdgeht Holly #4 realism her freuent mentions of chamberpots menstruation mud etc are cloying and to me seem to lack historical logic Would someone of that period spend so much time thinking about the dirtier aspects of existence or would they view them as given as background I d much ZOOM The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future rather Heiligenschein read something that also acknowledges the beauty of historical times like for example the passage in Doomsday Book about the snowy medieval Christmas Notably Doomsday Book has plenty of gross scenes the point is that it has both whereas this book perhaps unconsciously betrays a modern viewpoint by dealing mostly in grime and unpleasantness Similarly there are moments where the protagonist Sarah acts in bold or independent ways that seem implausible for a character of her station in that period and unjustified by her personality They seem like things a modern young woman would do so they only work if you are putting yourself into the story in her shoesI ve complained a lot about this novel s Flunkern wie gedruckt Juni und ich #1 relationship to PP Can it be considered successful as a freestanding novel Yes somewhat it s just that then it is a novel in a genre that I almost never enjoy Several Heavy Number reviewers have said that Baker writes like Austen which I don t think is Bußpredigt remotely true Austen wrote a brisk dramacomedy of manners this is a ponderous The Great Wave romance Austen was matter of fact and sometimes pert this is self serious and tries to assign mystic import to even prosaic life events Austen Sindhi reuires you to The Wit Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister read between the lines of straightforward seeming dialogue and descriptions to discover a character s motives or mindset Baker writes paragraph long descriptions of Kluge Pflanzen roadside foliage that are a single sentence Austen dealt in interpersonal Advertising Murder Avalon Mystery relationships and power imbalances Baker is keen on totemic objects like James s collection of seashellsThe plot didn t work for me on its own there were several key moments of this book where something was Never Seduce A Scoundrel Foxe Sisters Trilogy #2 revealed with great pomp and circumstance that I d figured out long before and I honestly couldn t figure out whether Baker meant the scenes as actual plot twists or satisfying Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy Light Nova Swing Empty Space resolutions of what the Videologia reader had begun to suspect I found Sarah likable but there was something so soft focus and arbitrary about her Videologia relationship with James that I didn t care much about 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characters ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Jo Baker review Longbourn Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Jo Baker ☆ 3 download Ke us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry eyed kitchen maid into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars and in doing so creates a vivid fascinating fully realized world that is wholly her own?. When Lizzie Bennet went traipsing through the muddy fields mooning over Mr Darcy someone had to do wash those muddy petticoats When Mrs Bennet was fainting from the strain of arranging suitable marriages for her countless daughters someone had to fetch the smelling salts While the ladies of the Bennet family spent their time in the leisurely fashion of gentlewomen in music and sewing and art and dancing and attracting promisingly rich husbands someone had to run the household cook endless dinners do laundry empty the chamber pots shovel the pig shit clean the outhouse run errands scrub floors travel to the village and surrounding estates through the rain and mud and do anything and everything to allow the cream and crop of gentle society to enjoy their leisurely lives that made Austen s novels such great escapist reading If Elizabeth had the washing of her own petticoats Sarah often thought she d most likely be a sight careful with them This is a story of those someones the characters that were lost in the background of the shiny glossy lives of the rich and mighty in the timelessly alluring Pride and Prejudice Invisible in the refined society and therefore the original book pages they are allowed to take center stage here Perhaps that was why they spoke instructions at her from behind an embroidery hoop or over the top of a book she had scrubbed away their sweat their stains their monthly blood she knew they weren t as rarefied as angels and so they just couldn t look her in the eye Unlike Austen s novel that inspired the book and upon the familiarity with which the plot of this one hinges Longbourn lacks the escapist allure of humor and attractiveness Instead it is serious and often bleak which makes sense as it is deliberately focused on the unglamorous aspects of life in Austen s world Unglamorous sufficiently to give me enough details about chamber pots and the outhouse and menstrual blood stains to last me for a very long time really Would she at some time have the chance to care for her own things her own comforts her own needs and not just for other people s Could she one day have what she wanted rather than rely on the glow of other people s happiness to keep her warm Sarah is a young housemaid an orphan raised in the Bennett s estate of Longbourne Despite being the same age as Lizzie Bennet and living in her house Sarah s life and Lizzie s life might as well be in different universes Overworked and tired because Bennets preferred lifestyle and their modest by the rich landowners standards means do not always align Sarah s concerns are not the leisurely pursuits of respectably rich matrimony but rather the endless house chores and chilblains and blisters from her work and the knowledge that very little in her life belongs to her Her destiny is to grow old caring for the needs and wants of others and she is encouraged to be grateful for this lot in life to find satisfaction in her duties to be content with stability that such sad existence brings But it s hard to settle for just that isn t it This she reflected as she crossed the rainy yard and strode out to the necessary house and slopped the pot s contents down the hole this was her duty and she could find no satisfaction in it and found it strange that anybody might think a person could She rinsed the pot out at the pump and left it to freshen in the rain If this was her duty then she wanted someone else s Going into this book I expected or less a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the below the stairs point of view And to a point yes this story depends on you being familiar with Austen s book the plot and the characters But those characters stay mostly behind the scenes and the events that mattered so much in Austen s story are barely conseuential in this one All the Bingley and Darcy dramas are not even noticed Lydia s elopement is important only because of sheer disturbance it causes in the domestic life Otherwise the life below stairs is shaped much by the everyday life occurrences and the storms in the lives of Pride and Prejudice characters barely cause ripples in the lives of Longbourn bunchIt s all just a background noise for the servants who are occupied with pressing issuesOf course some characters end up diverging a bit from Austen s novel like it or hate it I m not an Austen purist or even her particular fan so to me it was just fine but it may irk a few of her devoted fans with the subtle and not so subtle digs at the characters Mr Collins for instance is not the appallingly dull human being but a rather average man who is nice to servants Darcy pops in for half a minute if that The source of Bingley s family money is shown to be beyond unsavory and repellent Mrs Bennet is certainly sympathetic and less of a buffoon that she comes off in Austen s book And Mr Bennet is revealed to have some secrets that certainly do not paint him in the best light It had been a dreadful miscalculation she saw that now that all of them should be unhappy so that he should not be disgraced The language of the book is also not meant to carry on Austen s wit and humor and sparkle Just like the choice to show the grittier and dirtier part of life in the Austen world the language here is meant to be harsher and rougher and serious And the sensibilities are certainly betraying the time it was written in a couple of centuries after the originalAnd I liked it a lot The real everyday issues of the working people were connecting with me much than the leisurely dramas of Austen s novels perhaps because I can t really relate to the life of wealth and leisure and lazy mornings and boring afternoons Jane Austen s book is lovely and beautiful but I also love this one as its grittier less refined working companion4 ish stars and a plan to reread Pride and Prejudice with thoughts of the lives of those invisible in that novel uietly working in kitchens and stables and carrying out those ever present chamber pots